Kyle Richard Crockett…graduated from Poquoson High School…was the 2010 Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year and two-time state player of the year (2009, 2010)…over his junior and senior seasons at PHS went 27-0 as a pitcher while hitting .445…attended the University of Virginia, where he went 12-3 with a 1.98 ERA and 12 saves in 88 appearances over three seasons…ranks among the Cavaliers' all-time leaders in ERA and games pitched…as a freshman, he helped UVA reach the 2011 College World Series…was an NCBWA third-team All-America selection in 2013 and first-team All-ACC while ranking second in the league in saves (12).
Spent most of the season with Triple-A Louisville where he was 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 34 relief appearances…also had a one-month stint in the majors with Cincinnati and had a win, a 5.79 ERA and a .364 opponents batting average in 15 games with the Reds…struck out 11 batters in 9.1 innings (10.61 per nine innings)…stranded all 13 of his inherited runners…his opponents batting average included a mark of .292 (7-for-24) against left-handed hitters compared to .450 (9-for20) against right-handers…yielded a .176 batting average with runners in scoring position and opponents were 0-for-7 with RISP and two outs…now has a .191 (18-for-94) career average with RISP, including .087 (4-for-46) with RISP and two outs…first batters faced were 5-for-15 (.333)… had a 4.50 ERA at home, 8.10 on the road…logged a 3.00 ERA during the day, a 7.11 ERA at night… pitched fewer than one inning in 10 of his 15 appearances…was selected by Cincinnati June 21 and did not allow an earned run over his first four outings (2.2 ip)…had three consecutive appearances from July 3 to 8 where he did not record an out (faced one batter in each outing)…had a 2.45 ERA over his first eight games through July 6…then allowed five runs over his final seven outings (7.94 ERA)…tossed a career-high 46 pitches in a career-high tying 2.0 innings in his final game on July 26 against Philadelphia…allowed his first home run in that game since July 23, 2015 against Chicago (AL), snapping a 37.2-inning homerless streak…was designated for assignment July 27 and outrighted to Louisville July 29.
LOUISVILLE: Spent the balance of the season with Louisville…walked just seven batters in 39.0 innings, an average of 1.62 per nine innings…allowed a .247 opponents batting average, which broke down to .234 (15-for-64) against left-handed hitters compared to .256 (22-for-86) against right-handers…surrendered all three of his home runs to righties…had a .313 opponents batting average with the bases empty but that dropped to .171 with runners on base…opponents hit .140 with runners in scoring position…had a 4.00 ERA and .278 opponents batting average in 23 games at the time of his promotion to Cincinnati on June 21…compiled a 0.75 ERA and .167 opponents average in 11 games following his return…posted a 3.93 ERA at home, a .218 ERA on the road…allowed 5-of-19 (26.3%) inherited runners to score…tossed a season-high 2.0 scoreless innings in his second outing April 8 against Toledo…it was his first of seven outings of two innings…had a 2.13 ERA over his first 10 games through May 5…then posted a 5.40 ERA over his next 14 games through June 19…struck out a season-high three batters May 25 against Durham, his first of five games with three strikeouts…allowed a season-high three runs on a season-high three hits in 0.1 innings June 19 against Durham…was promoted to Cincinnati June 21…was outrighted back to Louisville July 29 and did not allow a run in 10 of his final 11 appearances…that included a season-high 8.0-inning scoreless streak from Aug. 3 to 23.
At Class AAA Columbus led Indians minor league pitchers in relief apps (51)...when promoted to Cle on 9/1 ranked T4th in the International League in apps and finished the season ranked seventh...made 4 apps during 2 stints with the Indians (6/7-6/16, 9/1-remainder of the season)...made 3 of his 4 apps for the Tribe in June and on 9/1, the day of his second and last promotion...on 11/27 was claimed off waivers by the Reds...on 12/1 was non-tendered and became a free agent...on 12/4 was re-signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training camp.
Kyle spent three stints with Cleveland in 2016, appearing in 29 games while logging 16.0IP and facing just 70 batters in those outings...Around his tenure with Cleveland posted a 3.90 ERA for AAA Columbus (30.0IP, 29H, 13ER, 11BB, 26SO)...Triple-A LHH batters hit .349 (15-43) off Kyle while righties hit just .189 (14-74)...Was with Cleveland from April 27-May 22; July 18-August 18 and from September 5 thru the end of the season...Over his last two stints in Cleveland he recorded an ERA of 2.19 (12.1IP, 19H, 3ER) in 18 games...24 of his 29 appearances with Cleveland were scoreless...Appeared in 5 games in September (1.2IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 4SO)....Season-high 2.0IP on August 5 at NYY...Major League hitters batted .231 (6-26) off him with runners on base...Appeared once after Sept. 17.
Kyle split the season between Cleveland and AAA Columbus, making his first Opening Day roster to begin the campaign... Was with the Indians big league club from April 4-11, June 18-20, July 8-23 and from August 3 thru the end of the season...Was the only lefty in the 'pen from August into early September prior to the promotion of Gio Soto...Did not allow a run at the Major League level over his first 8 outings covering 5.0 innings...On the year allowed a run in only 6 of his 31 outings...Over his last stint with Cleveland from August 3-on he recorded an ERA of 4.63 (11.2IP, 12H, 6ER, 10SO) in 22 outings...Only 4 of his 28 inherited runners scored (14.3%).
Kyle made his Major League debut in just his second pro season as he became the first 2013 First-Year Player Draft selection to earn a big league promotion...Began the year in Double-A Akron, recording 6 saves w/ a 0.57 ERA in 15 games (15.2 IP , 8H, 1R/ER, 17K ) before being promoted straight to Cleveland on May 16...Made his Major League debut on May 16 vs. Oakland (1.1 IP , 2H, 1R/ER, HR, BB) and appeared in 3 games over six days, May 16-21 (4.1IP , 2H, 1R/ER, 3BB, 1K )...Sent to AAA Columbus on May 22.
Appeared in 6 games with Columbus, May 25-June 8, posting an ERA of 1.04 in 6 games...Combined ERA of 0.74 in 21 Minor League games in 2014 (24.1 IP, 15H, 2E R, 23K) and lowered his career Minor League ERA to 0.55 in 42 games (49.0 IP, 31H, 3ER)...Lefties were 3-for-31 (.097) off him between Double- and Triple-A...Recalled for second and final time on June 13 and spent the remainder of the season at the Major League level and was a contributing member to one of the best bullpens in the American League.
ERA over his second stint from June 13th-end of season was 1.75 (25.2 IP, 24H, 5R/ER) in 40 games and overall with Cleveland posted scoreless outings in 36 of his 42 outings...With Cleveland lefties hit .206 (13-63) off him with an OPS of .545...Recorded 17 consecutive scoreless outings from June 27-August 13 (13.1 IP , 10H, 0R, 3BB, 16K) and from June 27-end of season his ERA was 1.31 (20.2 IP , 17H, 3R/ER) in 33 games...Also over his last 14 games from August 27-end of season he posted 13 scoreless outings with an ERA of 1.50 (6.0IP , 2H, 1R/ER).
Was 7th among American League rookie pitchers in games pitched (43)...Major League hitters batted .200 (13-65) off him with men on base and .128 (5-39) with RISP, the 9th-lowest mark among American League relievers (batters were 0-for-16 with RISP-2 outs off him)...Also, his first-batter average of .154 was the 11th-best mark among A.L. relievers (retired 34 of 43 first batters faced)...Picked up his first Major League win on June 19 vs. the LA Angels following Nick Swisher's walk-off grand slam...Worked a career-high 2.0 IP with a career-high 3 strikeouts on August 13 vs. Arizona.
Rapid riser spent first pro season between short-season A Mahoning Valley, Class-A Lake County and ended the season in Double-A, going a combined 1-0 with a 0.36 ERA (24.2 IP, 16H, 2R/1ER, 5BB, 32K, .184AVG )...Was named the organization's Minor League player of the week to conclude the season (8/ 26-9/ 1)...Debuted with Mahoning Valley on 6/30 and was promoted to Lake County on 7/24 after 9.1 scoreless IP (8G )..Made four appearances for the Captains (promoted to Akron on 8/4).
In 10 games for Akron, Crockett tossed 10.1 scoreless frames, struck out 9 and issued just 2 walks... The lone earned run he allowed was a solo shot on July 27 for Lake County, the first long ball Crockett had allowed since his freshman year at the University of Virginia...His last 11 overall appearances of the season were scoreless (13.1 IP)...Batters had a combined .466 OPS off him...Lefties hit .250 (7-28) and righties hit .153 (9-59) between the three stops (.167, 6-for-36 with runners on base).